Wahoo Fitness Announces Rep Counting and Opens up the API on the TICKR X

by Brian Mullin on January 15, 2015

The Wahoo Fitness TICKR X is a dual band (Bluetooth and ANT+) heart rate monitor with memory capabilities and can retain up to 16 hours of data. In addition, it has advanced motion analytic capabilities utilizing an accelerometer, allowing a multitude of data capturing functionality.

I have been using the TICKR X as a heart rate monitor with my Garmin 1000 for several months, and I’ve found it to be comfortable and accurate.

Wahoo Fitness recently added rep counting to the TICKR X Workout Tracker with Memory motion analytic capabilities. Unlike any other fitness tracker, the chest-based wearable combines motion analytics and heart rate to track your reps in the gym including push-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups, and more.

Cycling cadence, and running form including vertical oscillation and ground contact time are also part of the unit’s motion analytic library. Rep counting is currently in beta but we will be
releasing the firmware update to consumers shortly after CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in early January.

Wahoo also launched an open API (refer to Press Release at bottom) on the device to allow programmers to leverage TICKR X’s unique data set to create a new generation of innovative fitness apps.

To compliment the TICKR X, Wahoo will launch their first 3rd party app in early January, the 7-Minute Workout, consisting of 12 body weight exercises, each performed for 30 seconds with a 10-second interval in-between. The only equipment required is a chair and a wall. The TICKR X pairs with the app and prompts the user for each exercise, timing the effort and counting the reps before moving on to the next.

 

Press Release

Wahoo Fitness Launches First Open API for Tracking and Counting Strength Exercises
TICKR X Workout Tracker motion based rep counting easily integrates into fitness apps

(Atlanta, GA – For Immediate Release) – Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and smartphone connected devices, has opened the API on the TICKR X Workout Tracker with Memory to allow programmers to leverage TICKR X’s unique data set to create a new generation of innovative fitness apps.

App developers can now integrate the TICKR X Workout Tracker into their strength training routines to recognize motion, count repetitions, and measure intensity through heart rate. The API allows app developers to access the TICKR X accelerometers for motion analysis. Using Wahoo’s motion algorithms to count repetitions, apps can now integrate workout tracking, leaderboards, and personal bests into their strength or body weight training exercises. In addition, Wahoo API provides intensity and calorie burn data from TICKR X’s built-in heart rate sensor to provide users with a comprehensive view of their workout. The TICKR X’s strength training routines add to the existing motion tracking around running, spinning, and cycling, including running efficiency and cycling cadence.

“Based on our five years of experience building API’s for connected devices on both the iOS and Android platform, we focused on creating a simple and easy process for integrating rep counting into 3rd party apps,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “We see strength-based exercise as a new and exciting category in the app world and wanted to provide a simple to use device to enhance the experience.”

Wahoo’s team of developers built the Wahoo’s Total Motion API to track any type of fitness motion. Today the library contains over 20 proprietary motion-based algorithms, including the popular 7 Minute Workout, with new exercises being added each day. Wahoo also has a dedicated team of motion experts and firmware engineers ready to develop new algorithms for specific exercise routines.

The TICKR X launched in late 2014 as the ultimate workout wearable to give fitness-minded consumers a tool to gather advanced motion analytics and heart rate data, with or without being connected to a phone. Unlike any other fitness tracker, the chest based wearable combines heart rate with motion analytics to track your reps in the gym including push-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups, cycling cadence, running form including vertical oscillation and ground contact time, and more. Athletes can then upload their TICKR X workouts to over 50 of the most popular fitness apps including Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyFitness and Cyclemeter/Runmeter. TICKR X pairs with iOS and Android smartphones as well as other fitness devices and is available at WahooFitness.com, Apple Retail Stores and in specialty run retailers for $99.99.

About Wahoo Fitness

Located in Atlanta, GA., Wahoo Fitness has created a full ecosystem of sensors and devices for the runner, cyclist or general fitness enthusiast. Wahoo Fitness’s award winning line of Bluetooth Smart products include the KICKR indoor bike trainer, the world’s first smartphone powered bike trainer, the RFLKT and RFLKT+ line of bike computers, the world’s first smartphone connected bike computers, and the new TICKR family of chest-based wearables. The TICKR family, composed of the TICKR, TICKR Run and TICKR X, combine heart rate training with advanced motion analytics. Learn more about Wahoo’s full line of products at www.wahoofitness.com.

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